9781889392004

Baby Bargains : Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Equipment, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear and Much, Much More!

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  • ISBN13:

    9781889392004

  • ISBN10:

    1889392006

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-04-01
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
  • Purchase Benefits
List Price: $13.95

Summary

Wow! A baby book that actually answers the big question about having a baby: How am I going to afford all this? With the average cost of a baby topping $6600 for just the first year alone, you need creative solutions and innovative ideas to navigate the consumer maze that confronts all parents-to-be. Baby Bargains is the answer! Inside, you'll discover: The best Web sites that offer the biggest discounts! Name brand reviews of car seats, bedding, strollers, high chairs, diapers and more! Five wastes of money with baby clothes and the best outlet bargains. Seven tips to saving money on cribs, plus in-depth reviews of crib brands. The truth about strollers-and which brands work best in the real world. The seven most ridiculous baby products. Dozens of safety tips to affordably baby proof your home. Detailed charts that compare brands of cribs, strollers, car seats and more! Book jacket.

Author Biography

Authors Denise and Alan Fields are consumer advocates who've been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Dateline NBC. Their books include the best-selling paperbacks Bridal Bargains, The Bridal Gown Guide and Your New House. They live in Boulder, CO with their sons, Ben and Jack.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1 "It's going to change your life"
1(5)
The Four Truths That No One Tells You About Buying Stuff for Baby
1(1)
What Does a Baby Cost For the First Year?
2(1)
Reality Check: How Much You Can Save
3(1)
What? There's No Advertising in this Book?
4(1)
So, Who Are You Guys?
5(1)
Let's Go Shopping!
6(1)
What's new in this edition?
6(1)
Chapter 2 Nursery Necessities: Cribs, Dressers & More
6(48)
The Downside of Waiting Until the Last Minute
6(2)
CRIBS
8(33)
The Four Basic Sources
8(2)
The Four Essential Parts to A Nursery
10(1)
"Baby Buying Frenzy" and Two More Shopper Tips
11(3)
Reviews & Ratings of 24 Crib Brands
14(7)
Certifications: Do They Really Matter?
21(7)
E-mail: Ready-to-Assemble Furniture
28(1)
The Old Crib Trap and Four Other Safety Tips
29(3)
Recalls: Where to Find Information
32(1)
Six Money-Saving Secrets
32(2)
Best Buys: Four Baby Mega-Stores
34(4)
The Costo Outlet
38(1)
Convertible Cribs and Three Other Wastes of Money
38(1)
E-mail: Sears vs. JCPenney
39(1)
Do it By Mail: The Best Catalogs for Baby Furniture
40(1)
MATTRESSES
41(3)
"Coil Overkill" and Two More Smart Shopping Tips
41(2)
Top Picks Brand Recommendations
43(1)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Soft Bedding
44(1)
Dressers & Changing Tables
44(1)
Do you need a separate changing table?
44(2)
Nursery in a Closet: NYC Parents Make Do with Less
46(1)
The Name Game: Reviews & Ratings
47(1)
Nix the Knobs and Other Safety Tips
48
DRESSERS & CHANGING TABLES
44(5)
FOUR MORE ITEMS FOR THE NURSERY
49(4)
The Bottom Line: Save $1000 With Our Tips
53(1)
Chapter 3 Baby Bedding
54(33)
Four Sources for The Best Quality and Prices
54(1)
More than Sheets: The Four Basic Bedding Pieces
55(2)
E-Mail: Sheet Savers Make for Easy Changes
57(1)
Looking for Mr. Good Bedding: Nine Shopper Tips
58(1)
Reviews & Ratings of 30 Top Bedding Designers
59(13)
Electric Blanket Warning and Five More Safety Tips
72(2)
Skipping the Quilt and Seven More Money-Saving Secrets
74(1)
E-Mail: Do-It-Yourself Baby Bedding
75(1)
Best Buy: Mail Order Source Saves 20% to 50% off
76(1)
Four Outlets For More Savings
77(1)
Diaper Stackers and 6 More Wastes of Money
78(1)
Winnie the Pooh at a Discount
79(2)
Twelve Mail-Order Catalogs
81(5)
The Bottom Line: Our Budget Saves You $800 to $900
86(1)
Chapter 4 The Reality Layette: Little Clothes for Little Prices
87(82)
When to Start Stocking Up on Clothes & Diapers
87(1)
Seven Basic Sources
88(2)
Garage & Yard Sales: Eight Tips for the Best Bargains
90(1)
BABY CLOTHES
91(35)
What Is a Layette?
92(1)
E-mail: How Much Laundry?
93(1)
The Baby Bargains Layette
93(1)
From Sleepers to Snowsuits: 14 Clothing Items Defined
93(4)
Beware of Appliques and 8 Other Smart Shopper Tips
97(1)
Reviews & Ratings of 21 Clothing Brands
98(1)
One Size Does Not Fit All
99(6)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
105(21)
Flame Retardant Sleepwear and 3 Other Safety Tips
106(1)
Second Hand Bargains and 9 More Money-Saving Tips
107(3)
Carter's and 17 Other Clothing Outlets
110(6)
The Fuzz Factor: Five Wastes of Money
116(4)
13 Great Mail-Order Clothing Catalogs
120(6)
DIAPERS
126(18)
The Great Diaper Debate
126(2)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
128(2)
Buy in Bulk and Six Other Money-Saving Secrets
130(1)
Mail Order Sources for Cloth Diapers and Supplies
131(2)
I Dream of the Diaper Genie
133(1)
The Bottom Line: Slash your clothing and diaper costs by $200 to $300
144
Chapter 5 Maternity/Nursing Clothes & Feeding Baby
136(34)
MATERNITY & NURSING CLOTHES
136(18)
Getting Started: When Do You Need Maternity Stuff?
136(1)
Eight Surprising Sources
137(1)
Your Pregnant Wardrobe: How Much Will You Need?
138(1)
Maternity Bras for the Real World
139(2)
Battling Your Wacky Thermostat
141(1)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations--Undergarments
141(2)
Reviews & Ratings of Maternity Chain Stores
143(2)
"Orange You Going to Wear Hose?"
145(2)
The Large Lady Trick & 9 Other Money-Saving Tips
147(2)
E-Mail: Two Thumbs Up for Eddie Bauer
149(1)
Three Outlets for Maternity Clothes
150(1)
Do it By Mail: Three Mail Order Catalogs
151(2)
E-Mail: Three Pregnancy Workout Videos
153(1)
BREASTFEEDING
154(10)
Breastfeed and save $500
154(1)
The Biggest Misconception about Breastfeeding
155(1)
Six Sources for Help
156(2)
The Best and Worst Breast Pumps
158(4)
Breastfeeding in Public: Four Tips and Advice
162(2)
FORMULA
164(1)
Formula for Disaster: Soy Milk Confusion
165(1)
BOTTLES
164(2)
Formula: Modern Convenience or Sinister Conspiracy?
166(2)
The Bottom Line: How to Save Over $700
168(2)
Chapter 6 Around the House: Baby Monitors, Toys, Bath, Foods, High Chairs, and Swings
170(35)
Bath-time Necessities
170(1)
Four More Items for the Baby's Room
171(2)
Toys: Eight Classics
173(3)
Avoid Walkers and Six Other Toy Safety Tips
176(1)
Eight Money Saving Tips
177(2)
Fancy Burp Pads and Four Other Wastes of Money
179(1)
MONITORS
180(8)
Bugging Your House and Three Other Shopping Tips
180(2)
Reviews & Ratings of Six Brands
182(3)
Video Monitors: Do You Need a Surveillance Camera
185(3)
BABY FOOD
188(6)
Meal Time Accessories
188(1)
Reviews & Ratings of Six Brands
189(3)
Taste Tests and Three Other Safety Hints
192(1)
Heinz and Five More Money-Saving Tips
192(2)
HIGH CHAIRS
194(9)
Smart Shopper Tips: Basic Features and More
194(1)
Reviews & Ratings of 10 Brands
195(1)
Hook-on Chairs and Booster Seats
196(2)
Baby Tenda: Anatomy of a Hard Sell
198(3)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
201(1)
Strap Me In and Five Other Safety Tips
202(1)
SWINGS: GODSEND OR NEGLECT-O-MATIC?
203(1)
PLAYPENS: THE BEST BETS
203(1)
The Bottom Line
204(1)
Chapter 7 Places to Go! Car Seats, Strollers, Carriers & More
205(54)
Getting Started & 5 Sources to Find Car Seats/Strollers
205(1)
CAR SEATS
206(19)
One Size Does NOT Fit All and 9 More Smart Tips
206(3)
Seven Safety Tips
209(1)
HOw to Find Recall Info
210(1)
Are Lax U.S. Safety Standards Endangering Your Baby?
211(5)
Reviews & Ratings of 10 Top Brands
216(7)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
223(1)
A Free Car Seat and Three Other Money-Saving Secrets
224(1)
STROLLERS
225(26)
The Six Types of Strollers
226(2)
What Features Do You Really Need?
228(3)
Reviews & Ratings: The 15 Best & Worst Brands
231(12)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
243(4)
Untrustworthy Brakes and More Safety Advice
247(1)
Stroller Overkill and Six Other Money-Saving Secrets
248(2)
Silly Stroller Accessories & Other Wastes of Money
250(1)
Discount Mail Order Source
250(1)
THE WELL-STOCKED DIAPER BAG
251(4)
Make Your Own
251(1)
Top 9 Items for a Well Stocked Diaper Bag
252(1)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
253(2)
CARRIERS
255(1)
Eating-Out Tips: Mastering the Surgical Strike
256(2)
The Bottom Line
258(1)
Chapter 8 Affordable Baby Proofing
259(13)
Murphy's Law of Baby Proofing
259(1)
Smart Baby Proofing Tips
259(1)
General: Covering the Outlets and Mini-Blind Cords
260(1)
Bathroom: Toilet Locks, Tub Spouts & Medicines
261(1)
Kitchen: Dishwasher as Toyland and Stove Guards
262(1)
Living Rooms: Plants, VCRs & Coffee Table Bumpers
262(1)
Bedrooms: Clearing the Dresser Table
263(1)
Four Money-Saving Tips
263(2)
How Safe is Safety 1st?
265(1)
Four Mail-Order Catalogs for Baby Proofing Products
265(2)
Three Wastes of Money
267(1)
The Baby First Aid Kit: Fourteen Key Items
268(2)
Top 10 Safety "Must-Haves"
270(1)
The Bottom Line
271(1)
Chapter 9 The Best Gifts for Baby
272(11)
The Top 12 Best Gifts for Baby
272(3)
Runners-up: Gymfinity, Wipe Warmer and Baby Swing
275(1)
Five Great Gifts for New Moms & Dads
275(1)
Walkers, Baby Flatware and more Gift "Don'ts"
276(1)
The Seven Most Ridiculous Baby Products
277(2)
ANNOUNCEMENTS
279(4)
Five Money Saving Secrets
279(1)
Reviews & Ratings of Nine Top Brands
280(1)
Adoption Announcements
281(2)
Chapter 10 Etcetera: Books, Web Sites, Child Care & More
283(13)
Our Favorite Parenting Books
283(6)
Twins Magazine: Advice for Parents of Multiples
289(1)
Parents in Cyberspace: 8 Ways to Use the Internet
289(2)
CHILD CARE
291(5)
The Three Basic Options for Child Care
291(1)
Dependent Care Accounts & 3 More Money-Savers
292(1)
10 Question to Ask a Child Care Provider
293(3)
Chapter 11 Do it By Mail: The Best Mail-order Catalogs for Clothes, Baby Products, and More
296(15)
Ten Tips For Smart Catalog Shopping
296(2)
General Catalogs: A Little Bit of Everything
298(4)
Announcements: Classic Designs to Contemporary Cards
302(2)
Bedding: Sheets, Blankets and Comforters
304(1)
Clothing: 11 of the Best Clothing Catalogs
304(2)
Maternity & Nursing: Bras, Career Clothes and More
306(1)
Safety: Outlet Covers, Gates and Much More
307(1)
Toys & Entertainment: Rattles, Music, Blocks & Puzzles
307(4)
Chapter 12 Conclusion: What Does It All Mean?
311(1)
Your Baby's First Year: Average Costs vs. Our Baby Bargains Budget
311(1)
Our Parting Advice
311(1)
Appendix Canada: Car Seat Info, Cribs and More 312
Additional Canadian Car Seat Safety Requirements 312(1)
Sources for More Safety Info 313(1)
Recap of Canadian Sources 313(6)
About the Authors 319(2)
Index 321(23)
Our Other Books 344

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